Limitations of Traditional Security Methods
One of the primary benefits of Instrumented Ranges is their modern instrumentation designed to record and transmit the vast amount of valuable information generated during the exercises. A myriad of sensors and audio/video equipment capture every aspect, resulting in a massive amount of digital data needing to be communicated to personnel responsible for evaluating, interpreting, storing and documenting the results. Since this data is classified, it or the medium used to transmit it must be protected according to National Security policies.
The primary method of protecting the data has been to encrypt it using Type 1 encryption products. However in today’s modern digital instrumented ranges, the bandwidth requirements necessitate expensive, high-speed encryptors. Furthermore, the large and abundant video files created during typical exercises often need to be compressed to minimize the bandwidth bottleneck caused by encryption.
Protecting the data transmission media – usually the fiber optic cables – is an authorized alternative to encryption. This approach results in the protection of the data while causing no impact to the bandwidth.
Unfortunately, traditional hardened carrier protected distribution systems (PDS), consisting of buried cable encased in concrete, are not a feasible solution. Since the data is often transmitted over long distances due to the remote proximity of the range, the construction of such systems is often impossible. Fortunately, another form of PDS, which also mitigates the requirement for encryption while making available complete bandwidth, is authorized.
The INTERCEPTOR™ Optical Network Security System is an alarmed PDS that can be used to monitor the optical cables transmitting digital instrumented range data from the exercise site to the training facilities. INTERCEPTOR overcomes the myriad of problems present with encryption and hardened PDS.